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Bravehearts says children should be taught personal safety

QUEENSLAND child safety organisation Bravehearts wants children to be on the alert for predators ... in their own homes.

Bravehearts says youngsters should be taught personnel safety at school in the same way they are taught about road safety.

The push comes after the Australian Institute of Criminology released a report revealing an estimated that 10-15% of child sex offending is committed by a parent.

The Profiling Parental Child Sex Abuse report released on Monday drew on clinical records of 213 parents who committed sex offences with their children.

The report found child sex abuse estimates in Australia are high showing a 38% rate for female victims and 13% for males.

The report revealed most child sex offenders were men in a father-child relationship and 57% committed offences between two and 50 times over an average of three-and-a-half-years.

Bravehearts research and policy manager Carol Ronken said on Monday statistics showed one in five children will be sexually abused in their lives.

"Unfortunately their findings are not all that surprising," she said.

"Parental offenders are definitely more uncommon, but the impact on their victims can be horrendous.

"One thing we see with opportunistic offenders is it meets their sexual needs and in many cases the offences only occurs due to the accessibility to a younger child."

Ms Ronken said the organisation was advocating ensuring the safety of children was always at the fore front of decision maker's minds.

"We need to give children information as well as basic knowledge and skills on how to stay as safe a possible," she said.

"They need to know what to do when they do not feel safe.

"We teach children road safety in schools and I believe we should add personal safety to that as well."

Topics:  bravehearts, predators




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